Ukrainians abroad vote in presidential election

People lined up at the embassy in Warsaw and at three other consular points across Poland on Sunday and cast their ballots, choosing from a field of 39 candidates.

31 March 2019 | 16:05

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 31 March 2019 | 16:05

An elderly woman examines her ballot voting at home during the presidential election in Mariinka, near a contact line not far from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo)

KIEV, Ukraine: Ukrainian citizens living in Poland are lining up to vote in their country’s presidential election.

It is the first Ukrainian election since the arrival in recent years of large numbers of Ukrainian workers and students seeking higher wages and better opportunities in the neighboring European Union country.

People lined up at the embassy in Warsaw and at three other consular points across Poland on Sunday and cast their ballots, choosing from a field of 39 candidates.

Igor Isajew, editor of a news portal for Ukrainians in Poland, PROstir.pl, said that many other Ukrainians in Poland remain unable to vote because they live too far from the polling stations.

While there are no opinion polls tapping into the views of Ukrainians in Poland, Isajew sees signs that a higher percentage of Ukrainians in Poland than in Ukraine favor incumbent Petro Poroshenko due to his pro-European credentials, despite corruption allegations.


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